UN / ICC LIBYA

09-May-2018 00:02:10
The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, told the Security Council that “accountability for the grave and destabilizing crimes under the Rome Statute and full respect for the rule of law are integral to sustainable peace, stability, and development in Libya.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ICC LIBYA
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 09 NOVEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarters

16 NOVEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court:
“Accountability for the grave and destabilizing crimes under the Rome Statute and full respect for the rule of law are integral to sustainable peace, stability, and development in Libya.”
5. Med shot, Libyan Ambassador
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court:
“I am therefore pleased to report that in March 2018, members of my Libya team travelled to the country for the first time on Libyan territory since June of 2012. This recent visit to Libya marks a significant advance in my Office's investigative activities. The value of the opportunity to work in the territory where alleged crimes have been, or are being, committed cannot be overemphasised.”
7. Med shot, Libyan Ambassador
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court:
“The case of Mr. Al-Werfalli demonstrates the crucial importance of the timely arrest and surrender of individuals subject to ICC warrants of arrest. You are certainly aware that despite being the subject of an ICC arrest warrant, Mr. Al-Werfalli remained at large and appears to have continued to act as a commander in the Al-Saiqa Brigade. Regrettably, there are now credible allegations that in the period since the warrant was issued, he has committed further murders which may be prosecuted by my Office as war crimes under the Rome Statute.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Elmahdi S. Elmajerbi, Permanent Representative of Libya to the United Nations:
“We are aware of the delay when it comes to prosecuting the accused. This does not mean that national justice does not wish to punish those responsible for crimes. Rather, it is a delay due to the security situation in Libya, a situation that prevented the office of the Prosecutor of the ICC from conducting direct investigations in Libyan territory.”
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STORYLINE
The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, told the Security Council today (09 May) that “accountability for the grave and destabilizing crimes under the Rome Statute and full respect for the rule of law are integral to sustainable peace, stability, and development in Libya.”

Bensouda informed the Council that in March 2018, members the ICC’s Libya team “travelled to the country for the first time on Libyan territory since June of 2012.”

This recent visit to Libya, she said, “marks a significant advance” in the ICC’s investigative activities.

She added that “the value of the opportunity to work in the territory where alleged crimes have been, or are being, committed cannot be overemphasised.”

The ICC Prosecutor said the case of Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli, who allegedly played a role in the murder of 33 people, “demonstrates the crucial importance of the timely arrest and surrender of individuals subject to ICC warrants of arrest.”

She noted that despite being the subject of an ICC arrest warrant, Al-Werfalli remained at large and “there are now credible allegations that in the period since the warrant was issued, he has committed further murders which may be prosecuted by my Office as war crimes under the Rome Statute.”

ICC warrants of arrest remain outstanding for the son of the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, as well as for the former head of the Internal Security Agency of Libya, Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled.

Libyan Ambassador, Elmahdi S. Elmajerbi, in his address to the Council said, “we are aware of the delay when it comes to prosecuting the accused. This does not mean that national justice does not wish to punish those responsible for crimes. Rather, it is a delay due to the security situation in Libya, a situation that prevented the office of the Prosecutor of the ICC from conducting direct investigations in Libyan territory.”
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